The 2019 Kauai Folk Festival is a weekend full of music, dance, food, drink, craft and good times for Kauai residents and visitors to the Garden Island. This year more than 34 performers (multiple Grammy-winning artists and more than twelve international acts) will be playing continuously on five music stages. The Kauai Folk Festival blends traditional music and dance from all over the world with its Hawaiian counterpart. And, for the first time, this event will be held at the Historic Grove Farm Museum in Lihue.
The Kauai Folk Festival showcases Old Time, Americana, Tropical, and Hawaiian music. Former Kauai resident, and Grammy winner, Taj Mahal, will be one of the more than 34 musical acts filling the air from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on September 28th and 29th, 2019 (rain or shine).
2019 Kauai Folk Festival Musical Line-Up (from the website):
Taj Mahal – Blues legend Taj Mahal has a long history in Hawaii. As a historian, he has studied the nuances of Hawaiian history and culture. As a resident performer, he has come to know, play with, and record with countless Hawaiian artists. His Hula Blues Band is a rotating cast of Hawaiian musicians fusing blues, folk, and Hawaiian music in the inimitable Taj Mahal style!
On March 18th, a popular Kauai brewery, Kauai Beer Company, will be hosting “Beers For A Cause.” Not that most people need a reason to have a beer or two, on this day $1.00 spent on every pint or goblet will go to help Kauai’s animals in need. The Kauai Humane Society and Kauai Beer Company have joined forces to support this important cause.
Kauai Beer Company, in Lihue, is a social place to be, with locally made craft brews, good food and friendly people. From the website we learn, “Opened in Fall 2013, the Kauai Beer Company has become a destination for residents and guests. Our neighborhood microbrewery produces artisan batches of high-quality craft beer, served in a relaxed atmosphere, making all our friends feel completely at home. The creative food menu rivals the brew and stands on its own as a reason to visit.” Hear about this family’s passion for making beer directly from the father and son owners:
Daniel Hsu, bronze medal winner at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will be performing on Kauai, March 8th. Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” Daniel Hsu is the latest of the exceptionally talented performers the Kauai Concert Association brings to the island each year.
We are lucky to have the Kauai Concert Association on our tiny island of Kauai. A large part of KCA’s mission is to provide music education outreach opportunities to Kauai’s students. The Education Services Committee works with school administrators and visiting artists to deliver live performances and master classes all over the island. KCA’s goal is to make world class music available to everyone on Kauai. Performances are held at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center and parking is easy and free.
Fans of David Sedaris will be happy to learn that he is coming to Kauai! David Sedaris, a humorist, comedian, author and radio contributor, will be reading and signing at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Lihue on January 27, 2019.
Much of David Sedaris’s humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating and often concerns his family life, his middle-class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, his Greek heritage, homosexuality, jobs, education, drug use, obsessive behaviors, and his life in France, London, and the English South Downs. His latest book, Calypso, is possibly his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.
November 25, 2018 marks the 26th annual Hawaiian Slack Key Festival on Kauai! This Hawaiian acoustic guitar tradition literally means, “loosen the key.” Artists loosen the strings on their instruments making for a unique sound as they finger-pick the notes. Brother Noland and Ho’okena are two of the sixteen artists performing this year.
If you are on Kauai October 19th and 20th, do not miss the fourth annual Kauai Chocolate & Coffee Festival in Hanapepe, Kaua’i. Yes, it is a bit of a drive from Honu Point (about 90 minutes), but it will give you a chance to see our Historic Hanapepe Town and indulge in two of my favorite treats. This is a celebration of all things chocolate and coffee featuring a variety of these products from around the state.
The Kaua’i Chocolate & Coffee Festival spans over two days beginning on Friday with tours and workshops continuing into the evening. Then it picks up again on Saturday morning in order to highlight all the attributes of these two favorite local crops. The street festival takes place in Historic Hanapepe Town and includes farm tours, informative classes, workshops/demonstrations, live entertainment, a chocolate & coffee pampering station, a silent auction, keiki activities, sampling and much more.
North Shore residents are extremely proud of their Princeville Library, built 19 years ago. This fully stocked, air-conditioned source for books is perfect for borrowing adult and children’s books while on vacation. A large magazine section and DVD rentals are an added bonus. Computer access and wifi make this an important resource for visitors and locals alike.
The Princeville Library is a perfect place to take your children to pick out books to read while visiting the Garden Island. This saves you from having to pack and carry heavy books when traveling. If rain is keeping you from the beach, this quiet sanctuary may be just the spot to while away a few hours.
Friends of the North Shore Library at Princeville is the local affiliate of Friends of the Library of Hawaii, an active group of library users and advocates which for years has supported Hawaii’s public libraries through funding for programs, books and supplemental materials. Four times a year this group offers books, puzzles, cds and dvds for sale at very reasonable prices. Book sales are held on the FIRST Saturday of March, June, September (first Sat. after labor day), and December. The selection is huge and is held in the back room of the library. If you are on island for one of these dates, do not miss it! The Princeville Library sale starts at 9:00 for members and 10:00 for nonmembers.
Join the National Tropical Botanical Garden for the annual Moonlight & Music Fundraiser in the McBryde Garden on Saturday, July 21st, 2018. Kauai`s premier gala event features dinner and dancing under the stars and benefits the critical plant conservation, research and educational efforts of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
National Tropical Botanical Garden’s network of five botanical gardens, preserves and research facilities encompasses nearly 2,000 acres with locations only in Hawaii and Florida. Thousands of species from throughout the tropical world have been gathered, through field expeditions, collaborations with other institutions and researchers, to form a living collection that is unparalleled anywhere.
The collection includes the largest assemblages of native Hawaiian plant species and breadfruit cultivars in existence. Many of the species in the collections are threatened and endangered or have disappeared from their native habitats. In their preserves and gardens, National Tropical Botanical Garden is working to restore habitats and save plants facing extinction.
At the annual Moonlight & Music event:
Sip cocktails and have dinner in one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.
Bid on unique garden-themed items in the silent auction.
In celebration of The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villa’s 10th anniversary, an afternoon of music, art, food and fun at the Kaua’i ‘Ukulele & Arts Festival. Enjoy live performances by Kauai-based musician Michael Keale, Herb Ohta Jr., Jon Yamasato, Kanekoa and headliner Kuhio Travis. Featuring works by local Kauai artists.
All ticket sales benefit Namahoe and Na Kalai Waa o Kauai in support of the perpetuation, practice and exploration of the seafaring arts and skills of ancient Polynesians. All ages welcome!
WHAT: Kaua‘i ‘Ukulele & Arts Festival
DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2018
TIME: 4—8 PM
WHERE: The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Main Lawn
3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI, 96722, United States
TICKETS: $45 per person; $20 per keiki under 12
RSVP: Call 808.827.8808 or visit The Westin Princeville Concierge desk.
By now most of you have heard about the devastating storm that hit Kauai last weekend and will forever be called the 2018 Kauai Flood. The torrential rains caused major flooding; mostly targeting the area north of Princeville from Hanalei to Ke’e. It started on Saturday morning and by Saturday night the rain was coming down in buckets. The reports are that 27 inches fell in 24 hours in Hanalei! With that rain came the brightest lightening and the loudest thunder I have ever witnessed. Needless to say, not a lot of sleep was had by anyone on Kauai’s north shore on Saturday night.
And then the rains continued all day Sunday. The result was massive flooding in all areas within a few feet elevation of sea level. Take a look at downtown Hanalei on Monday. Businesses and homes were filled with muddy water, so much so that a few people had to be rescued from their roofs.